Ocean Explorers - Orca
Swim over to these great Orca resources:
- How to draw a killer whale:
- ACTIVITY! Color in this Orca Grandma (or draw your own) and write a story on the back about something your grandma taught you (and/or what you imagine this orca grandma is telling her offspring!) https://www.education.com/worksheet/article/color-adorable-orcas/
- Orca sounds! (see if you can pick up on the differences between clans!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTEvEE6fq6k
- Learn more about orca language (bonus: also sperm whales!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZzlNJbB6Og
- Learn more about how cool grandma orcas are (and southern resident orcas!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQpGT1BgdX4
- Use your voice to help save the Southern Resident orcas! https://act.oceana.org/page/27089/petition/1?locale=en-US#:~:text=Science%20indicates%20that%20the%20best,the%20face%20of%20other%20threats.
- Learn more about saving the Southern Resident orcas:https://us.whales.org/whales-dolphins/how-we-help/southern-resident-orcas/
VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED FOR VIDEOS BELOW: The following are predation videos, in which orcas hunt other animals. These might be scary for young and/or sensitive viewers. If you think you might be scared, better not to watch!
ALSO PLEASE NOTE: Orcas are carnivores, which means they need to kill and eat other animals to survive. Sometimes the narration and music makes the orcas seem like villains in a horror movie, but in nature there are no villains! Predators like orcas are very important for keeping balance in their ecosystems. Sometimes it’s better to mute the videos and just watch the Orcas do their thing.
- A pod of orcas near Norway hunting schooling fish using bubble nets and tail slapping https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETL1fwcDUQ4
- A pod or orcas in Antarctica hunting a seal using an ice floe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1VEwsI4SlY
- An orca from a pod near Argentina surfing into the shallows to catch sea lions on land: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1dg9pVQp3M
- A pod of orcas near Australia hunt a Tiger Shark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqimOYOQjJ8
- A pod of transient orcas (the ones who don’t stay in one place) taking down a minke whale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdQuPHngxk0